Visual Hip Hop
November 1 – 30, 2013
TD Education Gallery, Lower Level
Hip Hop is the fastest growing international culture and is continually expanding its influence and scope. This exhibition is proof of the inspiration that Hip Hop brings to visual art and features some of our city’s finest artists who would identify themselves as ‘Hip Hop.’
This exhibition is presented by the Hip Hop in the Park Foundation and the Art Gallery of Alberta.
December 5 – December 31, 2013
Ledcor Theatre Lobby, Lower Level
N F Hessels
Eleven Alberta artists explore what it takes to keep the energy industry moving during a maintenance turnaround at Shell’s Scotford Refinery in the fall of 2013. The works focus on the industry and the trades, as well as profiling the men and women who do the work to keep industrial sites in Alberta running safely.
Thousands of Albertans – and many other Canadians – are employed by industrial turnaround work throughout the province. A turnaround is a major maintenance event where equipment is shut down and a variety of work is completed, including: inspections, cleaning, replacement of parts, and general maintenance and upkeep. It’s not much different from the regular maintenance we do on our cars – only on a much larger scale. In large-scale events, the workforce can be measured in the thousands.
Two components make up Art Refined: The Shell Mosaic and Turnaround Through Their Lens.
In the Shell Mosaic, photographer Tim Van Horn from the Canadian Mosaic captured the “thousand faces of turnaround.” Tim used the portraits of those working on the turnaround and turned them into a mosaic of a race car. Turnarounds are often referred to as pit stops, and the race car symbolizes the teamwork needed to succeed.
In Turnaround through Their Lens, ten Albertan artists tell the stories of the work that is done to maintain and run the equipment needed to fuel Alberta. These artists vary in discipline from fine arts to photography to sound. There are three themes that artists focused on: profile, craft and industry.
This exhibition is presented by Shell and the Art Gallery of Alberta.